The Emotional Risks
It's more than just disease...
Studies show that 2 out of 3 teens who have already had sex, wish they had waited. Many teens carry the emotional burden of regret as a consequence of choosing to become sexually active.
The Heritage Foundation recently published a study showing that depression and suicide were far more common among teens that have sex than among teens who don't.
The study said that early sexual activity "is a substantial factor in undermining the emotional well-being of American teenagers."
Kirk A. Johnson, one of the study's authors, told The Washington Times, "A lot of the safe-sex curricula in schools today are very focused on physical health aspects. We think (this) safe-sex message to adolescents fails to adequately communicate the emotional risks involved in early sexual experimentation. Clearly, having more of an abstinence message is going to alleviate those concerns."